Former “Law & Order” Actress S. Epatha Merkerson To Host TV One’s “Find Our Missing”

Posted on January 5, 2012 /TV

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TV One is stepping up their original programming with a brilliant project focusing on black missing persons.

As the centerpiece of an effort to draw attention to and help find missing Black Americans, whose stories are largely ignored in national media coverage of missing persons, TV One will premiere Find Our Missing, a 10-episode, one-hour docu-drama series Wednesday, January 18 at 10 PM ET.

Hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, who for 16 years portrayed Police Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on NBC’s Law & Order, Find Our Missing is designed to put names and faces to people of color who have disappeared without a trace. Each episode will tell the story of the missing person or persons, beginning with the day they vanished and the frantic searches by loved ones and investigators to find them.

Find Our Missing provides insight into these victims’ lives –their hopes and dreams, what makes them tick, and how they have touched those around them – from the people who know them best.

The episodes will chronicle the investigations into their disappearances, and why the search for them so far has only turned up dead ends.

TV One will complement its on-air series with social media and online content on www.tvone.tv that will share important information on what to do if someone is missing, tips on how to prevent abductions, and offer additional stories of lost people, and some who have been found, plus join in partnerships with organizations that provide real-time alerts and information on missing persons and allow users to submit tips electronically. Tvone.tv will also launch a new Justice and Mystery section that includes news articles about the latest missing persons cases, the wrongfully imprisoned, police brutality and fascinating unsolved mysteries, as well as retrospectives on major justice cases throughout history, and a feature where users can ask experts questions related to the justice system.TV One will complement its on-air series with social media and online content on www.tvone.tv that will share important information on what to do if someone is missing, tips on how to prevent abductions, and offer additional stories of lost people, and some who have been found, plus join in partnerships with organizations that provide real-time alerts and information on missing persons and allow users to submit tips electronically. Tvone.tv will also launch a new Justice and Mystery section that includes news articles about the latest missing persons cases, the wrongfully imprisoned, police brutality and fascinating unsolved mysteries, as well as retrospectives on major justice cases throughout history, and a feature where users can ask experts questions related to the justice system.

“Nearly one-third of the missing in this country are black Americans, while we make up only 12 percent of the population. Yet stories about missing people of color are rarely told in the national media, Find Our Missing will be dramatic television, but we also hope that TV One’s combined efforts on air, through digital and social media, and through partnerships will also draw attention to a critical issue and bring new information to light for the loved ones of the missing featured in this series, and for others. We hope these profiles will trigger the memory of someone who might have seen something, and feel compelled to come forward and help these families who have suffered for so long,” says TV One President and CEO Wonya Lucas.

“Find our missing” Premieres January 18 at 10pm ET on TV One.